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Sustainable Agriculture


Sustainable Agriculture & Livelihoods


More than 90 percent of Vietnam’s poor live in rural and remote communities, so sustainable agriculture and stable livelihoods really play a critical role in alleviating poverty across the country.


SRD is proud of its reputation as a leading Vietnamese NGO with success in sustainable agriculture and livelihood interventions across the mountainous regions and deltas of northern and central Vietnam.


In addition to ten years of hands-on experience, SRD inherits 28 years of experience from the International Cooperation for Development and Solidarity (CIDSE) in Vietnam – the international NGO from which SRD was established. The focus of our successful projects over three decades has been capacity building within communities and empowering them to sustainably manage their own livelihoods in the long term.

To view a map of all of our current projects, click here.


Our current projects include:

1. The Agro-biodiversity conservation and development for poor communities in response to climate change In Son La Province project, co-funded by the Bread for the world and Manos Unidas.

2. The Improving the livelihoods for the poor people in Phu Ninh District, Quang Nam province through medicinal plants and market development project, funded by Manos Unidas

3. The Empowering People with Disabilities in Gio Linh District, Quang Tri Province, funded by Caritas Australia

4. The Strengthening the role of civil society organizations (CSOs) in monitoring the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) in the context of FLEGT and REDD, funded by The GEF Small Grants Programme - UNDP (UNDP GEF SGP)

SRD’s interventions range broadly in scope, responding to the high priority needs of individual communities. They include technical and institutional interventions, with the goal of empowering farmers and strengthening community-based organizations. Our projects promote and facilitate improved techniques in:

• Cropping (tea, herbal medicine plants, food plants and rice – including the System of Rice Intensification (SRI), Climate Smart Rice (CSR))

• Animal husbandry 

• Water management

• Forestry (community based forest protection and sustainable forest management, developing the native plant nurseries)

• Climate-smart agriculture

• Small-scale irrigation

• Climate change adaptation and mitigation

• Preserve and develop agricultural biodiversity (Diversified genetic resources and rice breeding methods)

• Participatory land use planning and management

• Chemical fertilizer and pesticide reduction and management 

• Small rural infrastructure development

• Value chains

The success of our projects is underpinned by our participatory approach – ensuring that local people have ownership of their development and that their true needs are met. Farmer field classes, focus groups, community based organizations, and training of trainer (ToT) courses are key elements of our participatory approach.

SRD has a long history working with farmers in the mountainous northern region of Vietnam. We have recently expanded to include several projects with vulnerable communities in central and northern of Vietnam (Nam Dinh, Thanh Hoa, Thai Nguyen, Son La Province).

The groups that SRD is aiming to support are: poor farmers, women, children, ethnic minorities and people living with disabilities. These vulnerable groups are facing to significant challenges in developing sustainable livelihoods, as they are often marginalized and suffer from entrenched poverty and a lack of education.

Gender equality, climate change, rights for people living with disabilities and policy advocacy are issues considered and integrated into all SRD's relevant sustainable agriculture and livelihoods projects.
A range of measures are taken to ensure high levels of engagement and participation from women in focus groups, workshops, consultations and training of trainer courses. Women are supported and encouraged to be active members of project management boards and take strong leadership positions in project activities. The principles of the Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) is the guide for all of our gender equality activity.
Realizing the important role that NGOs play in supporting advocacy and influencing policy, SRD has shifted from a service provider/charity role and reorganized itself in accordance with the new context.
In recent years, SRD has been constantly enhancing the capacity of organizations in research and policy advocacy with a focus in evidence based policy advocacy.

For more information, click here.

Additionally, equal access and participation for people living with disabilities is integrated into SRD’s projects. We have conducted a number of projects including “Support to people with disabilities in Thua Thien Hue” (2009 – 2011); “Supporting adults and children with disabilities in the Gio Linh District, Quang Tri Province” (2012 -2014); Empowering People with Disabilities in Gio Linh District, Quang Tri Province" (2015-2018).

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